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Cooke Chronicle: College Counseling & Gifted Learners

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 5, 2018 5:19:59 PM

January 5, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. College counseling and support for profoundly gifted students were top discussion topics.

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Topics: college choice, Friday Roundup,

Cooke Chronicle: Strong School Communities

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 31, 2017 4:47:59 PM

August 31, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Strong community partnerships and school services were discussed, with a focus on Houston students.

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Topics: students, college choice, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News, Harold Levy

Cooke Scholars Celebrate College Signing Day 2017

Posted by Stacey DaBaldo on May 9, 2017 2:53:14 PM

After months of applying and waiting, the time has finally come for high school students across the nation to commit to the college or university of their dreams. And as part of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, our staff and scholars celebrated National College Signing Day last Friday.

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Topics: Event, college choice, College Scholars

Cooke Chronicle: Dec. 16, 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 16, 2016 2:19:38 PM

Dec. 16, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Investing in students pays off, and advocates in both the K-12 and higher ed realms encourage support for high-achieving students with financial need.

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Topics: high achieving, college choice, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Low-income Students Have a New Tool to Evaluate College Options

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 29, 2015 2:53:14 PM

With our mission to serve high-achieving, low-income students, we were excited to learn about the launch of Pell Abacus, a free online tool that collegebound students and their families can use to estimate costs at over 5,000 colleges and universities. Pell Abacus uses institutional net price calculators and data from College Scorecard to generate helpful dashboards that show individualized financial aid estimates for students who are eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch program.

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Topics: college access, college cost, college choice

U.S. News & World Report Gives Tips to Undergraduate Transfer Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 25, 2015 4:23:21 PM

The list includes some helpful tips on evaluating transfer institutions, understanding their agreements, and how to find ways to finance your transtition (including a reference to our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship!).

Read the full article at U.S. News & World Report.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Tips, college choice, JKCF in the News

Article of Interest: All Things Considered

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 18, 2015 9:05:00 AM

Why Many Smart, Low-Income Students Don't Apply To Elite Schools

By Shereen Marisol Meraji
March 16, 2015
NPR All Things Considered

Right now, high school seniors across the country are trying hard not to think about what is — or isn't — coming in the mail.
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Topics: low income, college choice, education news

New Study About College Selectivity and Graduation Rates Overlooks Important Factors

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Aug 27, 2014 5:00:00 PM

According to a study published earlier this month in the American Educational Research Journal, how selective a college is has little to do with the likelihood of its students graduating. This finding is encouraging in many ways; however, it does not tell the whole story.

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Topics: Study, college choice, college decision, education news

Media Release: Foundation College Scholars Accepted to Nation’s Most Competitive Colleges and Universities

Posted by Anthony Baracat on May 8, 2014 9:22:00 AM

Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s outstanding new class of 86 College Scholars will attend some of the best colleges and universities in the nation this fall. The Foundation’s College Scholarship Program is one of the most selective scholarships in the nation having an acceptance rate of 1.6% during the last competition. Scholars are selected based on financial need as well as their academic achievements, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others. Scholars boast an average unweighted high school GPA of 3.9, excellent standardized test scores, and now an impressive array of first-rate college acceptances. The class profile can be found at

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Topics: College Scholarship, Media Release, College Scholar, college choice, college decision

5 Ways High School Juniors Can Make the Most of College Visits

Posted by Matthew Keys on Apr 23, 2014 4:17:00 PM

As the spring sun rises higher in the sky, so too should the college-seeking ambitions of high school juniors. College campuses all over the country are welcoming flocks of prospective students to usher in the warmer weather, and junior year is the perfect time to see what all the buzz is about.

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Topics: Young Scholars, college search resources, college fit, College Tour, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, college choice, college decision, high school juniors

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